Master Divers does Robbie Williams

A few months ago we made a video which we hope made you all smile – it was our own version of Queens Bohemian Rhapsody.

It was so much fun to do that we thought we would make another one, this time we took on Robbie Williams and put our own twist on Let Me Entertain You!  Its a little different and you will never have seen Wilco quite like this !  We hope it makes you smile too !

 

 

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Red Rock and Japanese Gardens on the 17th August’11

Today was one of those days when I really appreciated that we try our best to run a different dive schedule to the rest of the island.  Shallow dives in the morning and deep in the afternoon.  The boat doesn’t care about a reverse profile !  So our visit to Red Rock and Japanese Gardens this morning was idyllic – virtually the only boat there and it was lovely….so clear !

I was out to photograph a lovely French family today, Jean-Francois, Faibien, Marine and Julie.  We dropped in at Red Rock and enjoyed the gentle swim to Japanese Gardens, I love the varied coral formations in this area and its stunning to see them in such great visibility.

The swim was nothing short of a pleasure ….

Did I already say I love the coral here ….

We saw a very cool slug too….

And to top it off I spent some quality time with a sea snake….

He did scare me a bit when he suddenly darted to the surface for air….

I also managed to take a short clip of of him or her searching for food.

 

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No Name, Twins and White Rock on the 14th August’11

No Name and Twins lie quite close to each other and some groups like to drop off at No Name, explore the Pinnacle and then swim to Twins looking out for puffer fish, sea horses and members of the scorpion fish family in the swim towards Twins.  This one was spotted hiding on the bottom…

And then Phill spotted another one hanging out on the reef ….

Another great turtle sighting today…too…just a short clip…..

 

 

There are more turtle photographs in the slideshow below along with others from the afternoons diving.

This blog post has been especially extended for Robin !

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Japanese Gardens and Twins on the 7th August’11

 Phill was out to photograph today and our first site of Japanese Gardens was great for Declan, Robert and Shannon who were taking blowing their first ever bubbles on the Discover Scuba Diver experience.

Phill spotted the shy and beautiful juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips and switched the camera over to video to catch this 10 second clip.

Japanese Gardens is known for its stunning coral and even though lots of Thai reefs suffered with lasts years bleaching, this slideshow shows what there is to see.

The water is calm, warm and clear and the wind from last week is just a memory.

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Sea Shell Universal Underwater Camera Housing

We are passionate about underwater imaging here at Master Divers.  Phill and I are often out documenting our dives and have recently made a fun underwater movie which is our version of Queens Bohemium Rhapsody.  We also made a more serious environmental movie too.  So when we were approached with these innovative housings, we jumped at the chance to stock it for our divers.

If you like taking photos underwater and have looked into buying your own camera and housing then you will realize that there is one drawback to this.  Most camera housings are specific to the camera meaning that when you want to upgrade your camera, you have to upgrade your housing too.  This new idea from Seashell solves that problem as their two housings are compatible with over 800 different camera models.

The SS1 can house 600 models of camera (look here) and is suitable for external zoom compact digital cameras.

The SS2 can house 200 models of camera (look here) and is suitable for internal zoom compact digital cameras.

You can convert them to house this huge range of cameras with the insertion of pads and stoppers to securely hold your camera in place and ensure that the buttons can be properly manipulated.  This short movie shows you just how simple it is.

Housings come in a range of colours and are rated to 40m. We love them so much that we have a model for rent as well as offering them for sale too.  Both rental and purchase have been extremely popular with our divers but dont just take our word for it – check out these reviews. We are happy to offer mail order or have a housing ready for collection when you join us to dive or get to Koh Tao. Housings retail at 6000B which is around GBP 125, Euro 14o, USD 202.

Simply mail us for further details.

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Seashell Housing SS1 Compatable Cameras

Agfa

1, 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 505x, 1338mT, 1438m, 2030m, 2338mT, DC733i, DC733s, DC830i,  DC833m
Aigo

F100, P1, T30, T35, T60, * T1000,  T1028, T1068, T1200, T1258, T1260, T1428, T1458, V68, V80, V500, V630, V700, V720, V728, V740,  V760, V780, V800, V830, V860, V866, V880, V890, V1000, V1018, V1080, W148
BenQ

C520, C530, C630, C750, C850, C1020, C1060, C1220, C1230, C1250, C1255, C1460, E510, E520, E605, E720, E800, E820, E1000, E1020, E1030, E1035, E1040, E1050, E1050t, E1220, E1230, E1240, E1250, E1260, L1020, L1050, T700, T800, T850, T1260, X600, X710, X720, X725, X835, W1220
Canon

A2200, A3000, A3000IS, A3100, A3100IS, A3200IS, A3300, IXUS30, IXUS40, IXUS50, IXUS55, IXUS60, IXUS65, IXUS70,  IXUS75,  IXUS80 IS, IXUS85IS, IXUS90IS, IXUS95IS, IXUS100IS, IXUS105, IXUS105IS, IXUS110IS, IXUS120IS,  IXUS130, IXUS200IS, IXUS210, IXUS400, IXUS430, IXUS500, IXUS700, IXUS750, *IXUS800IS, IXUS850IS, IXUS860IS,  IXUS870IS, IXUS900TI, *IXUS950IS, IXUS960IS,  *IXUS970IS, IXUS980IS, IXUS990IS, IXUS i, IXUS i5, IXUS i7, IXUS iZoom, IXUS i7 Zoom, IXUS IIs, IXUS II, IXUS Wireless,  IXUS V3,  IXY10, IXY10S, IXY20IS, IXY25IS, IXY30, IXY30a, IXY40, IXY50, IXY55, IXY60, IXY70, IXY80, IXY90, IXY95IS,  IXY110IS, IXY200F, IXY210F, IXY210IS, IXY220IS, IXY320, IXY400, IXY400F, IXY 410F, IXY450, IXY500, IXY510IS, IXY600, IXY700, IXY800IS, *IXY810IS, IXY820IS, IXY830IS, IXY900IS, IXY910IS, IXY920IS, IXY930IS, IXY1000, IXY2000IS, IXY3000IS, IXY L, IXY L2, IXY L3, IXY L4, IXY Wireless, SD10, SD20, SD30, SD40, SD100, SD110, SD200, SD300, SD400, SD430, SD450, SD500, SD550, SD600, SD630, SD700IS, SD750, SD770IS, SD780IS, SD790IS, SD800IS, *SD850IS, SD870IS, SD880IS, *SD890IS, SD900, SD940IS, SD950IS, SD960IS, SD970IS, SD980IS, SD990IS, SD1000, SD1100IS, SD1200IS, SD1300IS, SD1400IS, SD3500IS, S95, S230, S400, S410, S500
Casio

FC100, FC150, FC160S, S5, S6, S7, S8, S10, S12, S100, S500, S600, S770, S880, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z4, Z5, Z6, Z7, Z8, Z9, Z10,Z11, Z16, Z19, Z20, Z25, Z27, Z29, Z30, Z33, Z35, Z37, Z40, Z50, Z55, Z57, Z60, Z65, Z70, Z75, Z77, Z80, Z85, Z90, Z100, Z110, Z120, Z150, Z200, Z250, Z270, Z280, Z300, Z330, Z350, Z370, Z400, Z450, Z500, Z550, Z600, Z670, Z700, Z750, Z800, Z850, Z1000, Z1050, Z1080, Z1200, Z1200SR, Z3000, ZS5, ZS10
Fujifilm

A100, A150, A170, A180, A175, A220, A225, A400, A500, AV100, AV105, AV110, AV120, AV130, AV150, AV180, AV200, AV205, AV230, AV235, AV250, AV255, AV280, AV285, AX200, AX205, AX245W, AX250, AX280, AX300, AX305, AX330, AX335, AX350, AX355, AX380, AX385, F10, F11, F20, F30, F31fd, F40fd, F47fd, F50fd, F60fd, F70EXR, F80EXR, F85EXR, F75, F85, F200EXR, F455, F460, F470, F480, F100fd, F200, J10, J20, J25, J26, J27, J30, J32, J35, J37, J38, J50, J100, J120, J150W, J210, J250, JV100, JV105, JV110, JV150, JV160, JV170,  JV200, JV205, JV250, JV255, JX200, JX205, JX210, JX250, JX255, JX280, JX300, JX305, JX350, JX355, JX400, JX405, JX530, JZ300,  JZ305, JZ310, JZ500, JZ505, JZ510, J15fd, J110W, J150W, T200, T205, T300, T305, V10 GE: A730, A735, A830, A835, A950, A1030, A1035, A1050, A1150, A1200, A1230, A1235, A1250, A1255, A1455, A1456W, C1033, C1233, E840S, E850, E1040, E1050, E1055W, E1240, E1250W, E1250TW, E1255, E1255W, E1450W, E1480W, E1486TW, J1050, J1250, J1455, J1470S
GE

E1680W
Haier

A21, G20, G30, L90, L1080, MA5B, S40, S50, S52, S61, S66, T70, V80, V1080, V1082, V1280T, X80, X90
Hitachi

HDC-502, HDC-507, HDC-509, HDC-632, HDC-841, HDC-1231, HDC-1241
Kodak

C140, C142, C160, C180, C182, C190, C763, C913, C1013, M320, M340, M341, M380, M420, M530, M550, M575, M753, M763IS, M853, M863IS, M873, M883, M893 IS, M1033, M1063 IS, M1073IS, M1093IS, M2008, MD30, Touch, V550, V603, V1073, V1273, V530 Zoom, V550 Zoom
Leica

*C-LUX 1, *C-LUX 2, *C-LUX 3
Nikon

L2, L3, L6, L10, L11, L12, L14, L15, L19, L20, L22, L23, S70, S200, S210, S220, S230, S500, S510, S520, S550, S560, S570, S600, S610,  S610C, S620, S630, S640, S700, S710, S3000, S3100, S4000, S4100, S5100, S6000, S6100
Olympus

FE20, FE25, FE26, FE35, FE45, FE46, FE47, FE130, FE140, FE150, FE160, FE180, FE190, FE200, FE220, FE220D, FE230, FE240, FE250, FE280, FE290, FE300, FE320, FE330, FE340, FE350, FE350 Wide, FE360, FE370, FE3000, FE3010, FE4000, FE4010,  FE4020, FE4030, FE4040, FE4050, FE5000, FE5010, FE5020, FE5030, FE5050, FE5500, μ700, μ710, μ740, μ750, μ760,  μ780, μ810, μ820, μ830, μ840, μ1000, μ1010, μ1020, μ1200, μ1060, μ5000, μ5010, μ7000, μ7010, μ7020,  μ7030, μ7040, μ7050, VG-110, VG-120, VG-130, VG-140, X600, X905, X915, X940
Panasonic

*F516, *FH1, *FH2, *FH3, *FH5, *FH-7, *FH20, *FH22, *FH25, *FH27, *FS1, *FS2, *FS3, *FS5, * FS6,  *FS7, *FS10, *FS11,  *FS12,  *FS15, *FS18, *FS20, *FS25, *FS30, *FS33, *FS42, *FS62,  *FX01,  *FX2, * FX3,  *FX07, *FX7, *FX8, *FX9, *FX10, *FX12, *FX30, *FX33, * FX35, *FX36, *FX37, *FX38, *FX40,  *FX48, *FX68, *FX50, *FX55, *FX60, *FX65, *FX66, *FX77, *FX78, *FX100,  *FX150, *FX180, *FX500, *FX520, * FX550, *FX580,  *LS85, S1, S3, *ZR1, *ZR3, *ZX1, *ZX3
Pentax

50, A10, A20, A30, A36, A40, E40, E50, E70, E85, E75, E60, E65, E70L, E90, H90, L20, L36, L50, M10, M20,  M30, M40, M50, M60, M85, M90, P70, P80, RS1000, RS1500, S, S5i, S5n, S5z, S1, S4, S4i, S6, S7, S10, S12, S30, S40, S45, S50, S55, S60, T10, T20, T30, V10, V20, W60, SV, Svi, Z10
Polaroid

i737, i834, i835, i836, i1035, i1037,  i1237, i1437, T830, T1455
Praktica

5203, 6105 ,6403, 6503, 7103, 7203, 7303, 8203, 8213, 8303, 8403, 8503, 4-Z50S, 14-Z5, 14-04, 12-Z5, 12-Z4, 12-XS, 12-TS, 12-23, 12-04, 12-03, 10-XS, 12-Z4TS, 10-X3, 10-TS, 10-23, 10-03, DC 60, DCZ 5.8, DCZ 6.8, DCZ 7.2, DCZ 7.3, DCZ 7.4, DCZ 8.2, DCZ 8.3, DCZ 10.3, DCZ 10.4, DCZ 12.1,DCZ 14.1,  Dpix 530Z, DPix 740Z,DPix 750Z,DPix 820Z, DPix 1000Z,DPix 3200,DPix 3300,   DPix 5100, DPix 5200, DPix 9000
Premier

DC67, DC68, DC87, DC593, DC6360, DM6365,DC6370, DC6371,  DM7362, DM7365, DS7450, DSA350, ES6, SL4, SL5, SL8, SL53, SL58, SL63, SL68, SL83, SL86, SL1000
Ricoh

R1, R1S, R1V, R2, R2s, R3, R4, R5, R6, R7, R30, R40, R50, RR730, RR750
Rollei

Compactine 81, Compactine90, Compactine101, Compactine 102, Compactine110, Compactine200, Compactine 202, Compactine 302, Compactine 350, da8, da70, da80, da81, da100, da101, da120, da800, da1325, da6325, da7535, da8325, da8535, dr135, dr835, Flexline140, Flexline200, XS10
Samsung

CL5, D75, D860, ES10, ES15, ES17, ES20, ES30, ES55, ES60, ES65, ES70, ES73, ES75, ES80, IT100, *M310, L60, L70, L77, L100, L201,L210, L301,  L310W, L700, L730, L830, PL20, PL50, PL51, PL55, PL60, PL65, PL70, PL80, PL90, PL100, PL120, PL150, PL170, PL200, PL502,  S760 , S1070, SH100, SL50, SL102, SL202, SL600, SL620,  SL720, SL820, ST30, ST45, ST50, ST60, ST65, ST70, ST80, ST90, ST95, ST500, ST550, ST700,  TL205, TL210, TL220, TL225, TL320, TL350, WB100, WB1000, WB2000
Sanyo

DSC-E6, VPC-E7, VPC-E10, VPC-E60EX, VPC-E760, VPC-E870, VPC-E1000, VPC-E1075, VPC-E1090, VPC-E1290, VPC-S6, VPC-S7, VPC-S60EX, VPC-S70, VPC-S500, VPC-S600, VPC-S650, VPC-S670, VPC-S700, VPC-S750, VPC-S770, VPC-S870, VPC-S880,  VPC-S1070, VPC-S1080, VPC-S1275, VPC-S1285, VPC-T700, VPC-T850, VPC-T1060, VPC-X1200, VPC-X1250, DSC-E7, DSC-S7, DSC-1200, DSC-X1250, DSC-X1260, VPC-W800
Sony

N1, N2, S650, S700, S730, S780, S930, S950, S980, S2000, S2100, WX1, WX7, WX9, WX10, W30, W35, W50, W55, W70, W80, W85, W90, W100, W110, W120, W130, W150, W170, W180, W190, W200, W210, W215, W220, W230, W270, W290, W300, W310, W320, W330, W350, W350D, W370, W380, W390, W510, W520, W530, W560, W570, W570D, WX1, WX5, WX9, WX10
Yashica

DC504, DC803, EZF10, EZF12W4XA, EZF12W4XL, EZF12W5XL, EZF524, EZ F524MKII, EZF525, EZF527L, EZF531, EZF725, EZF824, EZF827, EZF924Z, EZF1027, EZF1027L, EZF1031, EZF1230, EZF1230L, EZF1231, EZF1233, EZ7032, EZ8032, EZF8035, EZF8321, EZTP-5, EZTP-9, EZTP-10, EZW-503A

Seashell Housing SS2 Compatable Cameras

Aigo

V750, V790
Casio

FS10, FS10S, M1, M2, M20, S1, S2, S3, S20, V7, V8
Fujifilm

F800EXR, XP10, XP11, Z1, Z1 Zoom, Z2, Z2 Zoom, Z3, Z3 Zoom, Z5FD, Z10FD, Z20, Z20FD, Z100FD, Z30, Z31, Z33WP, Z35, Z37, Z70, Z71, Z80, Z81, Z90, Z91, Z100, Z200, Z200fd, Z250, Z250fd, Z300, Z700EXR, Z707, Z707EXR, Z800EXR, Z808EXR
GE

G1, G2, G3WP, G5WP
Haier

V805W
Hitachi

HDC-W902
Kodak

M590
Nikon

S1, S2, S3, S5, S8, S9, S50, S50C, S51, S51C, S52, S52C, S60, S70, S80, S1000pj
Olympus

TG310, TG610, TG-615, µ550, µ730, µ790SW, µ850, µ850sw, µ1030, µ1030sw, µ1040, µ1050, µ1050sw, µ1070, µTOUGH-3000, µTOUGH-6000, µTOUGH-6010, µTOUGH-6020, µTOUGH-8000, µTOUGH-8010, µ720sw, µ725sw, µ730sw, µ770sw, µ790sw, µ795sw, µ850SW, µ1050SW
Panasonic

FP1, FP2, FP3, FP8, FT1, FT2, *FT2SG-D, TS1, TS2
Pentax

WS80
Praktica

DMMC 4, DMMC,luxmedia 7403,  DPix 5000WP
Rollei

X8
Samsung

AQ100, CL5, i5, i6, i8, i50, i70, i85, i100, L83T, NV3, NV9, NV33, PL10, ST10, ST100, ST1000, SC-MS20, SC-MS25, VP-MS11, WP10
Sony

J10, T1, T2, T3, T5, T7, T9, T10, T20, T30, T33, T50, T70, T77, T90, T99, T99D, T100, T110, T200, T300, T500, T700, T900, TX1, TX5, TX7, TX9, TX10, TX100V
Yashica

DC318, DSC T68, EZ7033, EZF537IR, *EZ NV-1, EZUW-505

Discover Technical Diving

We try to get the tec kit out as often as we can and offer all our DMTs a free Discover Technical Dive.  Subscribers to the blog might remember Rachels hilarious post about her experience.

‘Doing a bit of tec’  is great for their or any divers learning and development, even if they don’t want to progress with any technical training.  They learn about the kit, what its all for and how to use it.  They can take it for a spin and see how it is to dive with it and how some of the skills and techniques are different from the standard recreational kit.

The video below shows a little of what they did.

Yuri and Lance – two of our Dive Master in training, have already decided to continue their training and will maybe progress all the way though to Tec Deep.  Kirsi is starting her Tec 40 course very soon.  See some more pictures of them on their training below.

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Sorry for the inconvenience but….

If you subscribe to this blog then you may be wondering about the recent lack of activity – we are working to get the problem fixed – but in the meantime – if there are any nerdier people out there than us then please feel free to lend a hand.

If you have a flickr account – please log in and go to this link and you will see out technical hitch !

http://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157627026700797/

Thanks and we’ll be back to you soon !

Sinking of the HTMS Sattakut

Excitement had been building since our first sighting of the ship that was to be our new wreck dive. The day finally dawned but the weather was a bit dreary, however we were ready and raring to go and everything was in place at Master Divers until our Captain got pulled away on an emergency. It looked like we wouldn’t be able to watch the sinking after all but the good fellows on the MV Giomani allowed us to hop on board and watch the ceremony with them.

With weather holding out it looked like the Koh Tao dive boat fleets were all present as a large circle almost bow to stern had formed around the ship. Floating as if truly on ceremony in front of the surrounding working boats. Cleared and prepared she looked very much ready to venture to her new home.

As the ceremony continued and as the Navy team finishing the preparations sat down to lunch, the weather started to close in. The Navy boat 542 hosted the Thai Navy final call and the tug boat announced that it would not be long before the ship would sink.

But as the rains came, the time ran out for many of the other vessels surrounding the site, and soon it was quite literally the Giomani and the Sattakut sitting side by side, waiting for the inevitable. As the Sattakut started to list hard on the starboard side the buzz intensified.

Everyone on board was firing cameras and rolling film, and as the water started to splash into the port holes puffs were made from a rear hatch on the Sattakut. Not as dramatic as the Trident sinking last year, but the HTMS Sattakut made a steady, silent, submergence into the dark waters. Leaving a trail of bright blue bubbles against stormy seas as she sunk to her rest.  Below are the photos of her final moments afloat.

This wasnt the end of the story however as bad weather hampered her sinking putting her in the wrong place and on her side.  She was then moved.  She now lies upright and close to Hin Pee Wee.  We have since filmed a a tour of both the inside and outside of the wreck.

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